Is Marriage a Good Thing?

Marriage has fallen on hard times of late.

As of 2020, US News and World Report documented how the US marriage rates have dropped to historic lows. Indeed, since records were kept from the early 1800’s, at no point in our history have people been married so infrequently.

But it’s not just declining rates—the people who are getting married are getting married later. Just let these numbers sink in: In 1978, the number of people between 18 and 34 who were married was nearly 60%. As of 2018, that number felt to 29%.

Now, it would be all too easy to look at these numbers and declare we just live …

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New Book: 5 Things to Pray For Your Spouse

“When are the two of you going to write a book together?”

My wife Melissa and I have been asked this question many times over the last few years. I’m excited to announce that we have finally written a book together! On Feb 1st, we release: 5 Things to Pray for Your Spouse: Prayers that Change and Strengthen Your Marriage.

Our new book is part of the “5 Things” series with the Good Book Company. Melissa herself already published an earlier installment in the series: 5 Things to Pray for Your Kids.

In 5 Things to Pray For Your Spouse, we have created a guide for daily …

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Have Questions about Marriage and Divorce? Here is a Fantastic New Book That Answers the Key Questions

When it comes to shepherding God’s flock, there is little doubt that pastors spend a disproportionate amount of time addressing marriage problems in their congregations. Since marriage is a foundational institution created by God (Gen 2:23-25), it is perhaps no surprise that Satan attacks it relentlessly.

For this reason, I am excited about the new volume by RTS Charlotte counseling professor Jim Newheiser entitled, Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers (P&R, 2017).

One of the unique features of the book is the structure.  It is arranged into 40 different questions about marriage and divorce which allows the reader to turn directly to the question that is most pertinent …

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One of the Main Ways that the Earliest Christians Distinguished Themselves from the Surrounding Culture

In the first century, while Christianity was still in its infancy, the Greco-Roman world paid little attention.  For the most part, the early Christian movement was seen as something still underneath the Jewish umbrella.

But in the second century, as Christianity emerged with a distinctive religious identity, the surrounding pagan culture began to take notice.  And it didn’t like what it saw.  Christians were seen as strange and superstitious–a peculiar religious movement that undermined the norms of a decent society.  Christians were, well, different.

So, what was so different about Christians compared to the surrounding Greco-Roman culture?  One distinctive trait was that Christians would not pay homage to the …

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